No Box Score Available For The Redlands Match
RIVERSIDE, Calif.-- At the Lancer Invitational the Azusa Pacific women’s water polo team was in position to avenge a pair of earlier season losses against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Redlands. But instead the Cougars gave up a 4-0 4th quarter run to fall 8-6 to the Athenas before allowing the Bulldogs to rattle off six straight second half goals in a 10-7 loss on Saturday afternoon.
In the first match of the day Azusa Pacific (6-14) took a 4-3 lead into half time after Megan Minekime and Allison Gonzales beat the CMS defense for a score while Gabrielle Kredel found the back of the net twice. In the third frame Minekime notched her second goal of the match to give the Cougars a 5-3 lead and Courtney Folsom extended the advantage to 6-3 with her lone goal of the day.
But from that point on the Athenas would have their way with Azusa Pacific. Alex Toohey ended the 3rd with her second of three scores to put CMS down 6-4 going into the final break. 20 seconds into the 4th Toohey notched a hat trick to make it 6-5 and Alyssa Filippelli eventually knotted it at six-all at the 4:47 mark. Then with 2:04 on the clock Claremont-Mudd-Scripps took its first lead since being up 1-0 early in the 1st quarter when Rose Koper beat keeper Brooke Sovick for her only goal of the match. Candace Filippeli stamped the spree with her second score to give the Athenas an 8-6 lead that would hold throughout.
Minekime drew a team-high five ejections in the match and Jennifer Horchler tallied three steals and two assists. Sovick finished with nine saves in the match and registered three steals. Half of the goals she allowed came in 6-on-5 situations as the Athenas converted on four of their nine attempts.
In the second match Azusa Pacific faced a Redlands team that had its way with the Cougars in a 15-7 win on February 25. But today, that wouldn’t be the case as the Cougars took a three-goal lead into half time against the Bulldogs. But Redlands scored six straight goals in the 3rd quarter before going on to post a 10-7 win. Horchler, Lora Donaldson, and Taylor Whitney each tabbed a pair of goals in the loss while Folsom drew three ejections and recorded three steals.
Sovick finished with five saves and three steals and Whitney added two assists and three drawn ejections to her two scores.
“They fought hard, but it was a too little too late,” said head coach Julie Snodgrass. “Our injuries and youth are showing...[but] I think we fought hard. We have all the heart in the world, but we just can't get four quarters straight.”
Azusa Pacific gets back after it tomorrow with a challenging draw against two NCAA Div. I teams: Iona (N.Y.) and Virginia Military Institute. The match against Iona is set to start at 10:15 a.m. with the VMI game slated for 3:15 p.m.. Both contests, which are part of the Lancer Invitational, will be hosted by Redlands.